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Sweetie Pie's to Film Show at Forest Park

February 29, 2012

Robbie Montgomery and Tim Norman  
Robbie Montgomery and son Tim Norman of Sweetie Pie's
restaurants will be the featured chefs in a Master Class
Series at STLCC-Forest Park.

Robbie Montgomery and son Tim Norman, owner and chef of Sweetie Pie’s restaurants in St. Louis and stars of the reality TV show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network, will be featured Tuesday, March 6, in a Master Class Series at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.

The event will be filmed for future airing on “Sweetie Pie’s” on the OWN Network. The pair will also tour the Hospitality Studies wing and the campus.

The presentation will take place 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts, 5600 Oakland Ave., followed by a question-and-answer session. A reception is planned 1:30-2:15 p.m. in the first floor lobby.

The Master Class Series is co-sponsored by the Forest Park Business Club and the St. Louis Business Journal. It is designed to feature local leaders giving lessons learned about success. If you need accommodations to attend the event, call Angelic Cole at 314-644-9771.

Miss Robbie was a St. Louis "name" long before she started cooking. A former backup singer for Ike and Tina Turner in the 1960s, she also sang with such stars as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Patti LaBelle and The Rolling Stones.

She started cooking on the road when finding welcoming restaurants for African-Americans in the 1960s proved difficult. Along the way, she honed her mother’s recipes. When a collapsed lung ended her singing career, Miss Robbie returned to St. Louis to reinvent herself as a cook. With the help of her son Tim, she opened the first Sweetie Pie’s in 1996. Eight years later, her second location at the Mangrove on Manchester opened its doors.

The reality TV show “Sweetie Pie’s” follows the daily challenges, joys and squabbles of the mother and son as they manage the two restaurants and make plans to open a third location, Sweetie Pie’s: The Upper Crust.